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Fiestas Patrias to feature information on the RainWise Program, Sept. 14

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Wondering if a rain garden or cistern is right for you? Get more information on stormwater management at Fiestas Patrias this Saturday, Sept. 14, in Seattle’s South Park Neighborhood.

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Wondering if a rain garden or cistern is right for you? Get more information on stormwater management at Fiestas Patrias this Saturday, Sept. 14, in Seattle’s South Park Neighborhood.

King County has teamed up with ECOSS, a local nonprofit organization, to get the word out about the RainWise Program. RainWise offers rebates that cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install cisterns and rain gardens on eligible properties in South Park and Highland Park.

ECOSS staff will be available to answer questions at the RainWise Booth, located at SeaMar Plaza, 9635 Des Moines Memorial Drive, Seattle, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spanish and English will be spoken.

Rain gardens are more than just beautiful to look at; they help solve one of the largest sources of pollution problems for Puget Sound and the Duwamish River. King County and ECOSS are working with neighbors to battle stormwater pollution and prevent heavy rains from overwhelming the sewer system and carrying pollution into area waterways.  

Fiestas Patrias 2013 begins with a community, family-oriented parade in South Park that features spectacular dancing horses, floats, marching bands, students, and children in traditional Latin American dress. The fiesta that follows will feature a health fair, horse show, children’s activities, and much more. Additional information is available at http://www.seattlefiestaspatrias.org.

People can learn more about RainWise by visiting http://www.ecoss.org/rainwise.html or by calling Elizabeth Loudon at ECOSS at 206-767-0432 or Jo Sullivan at King County at 206-296-8361.